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Ratings: 4/5 Reviewer:Nikhat kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
The film is racy and unfolds at breakneck speed, as Langdon tries to keep pace with the anonymous assassin who seems to be working for a secret sect of disgruntled scientists, called the Illuminati. They want to avenge the excesses of the church against scientists in this timeless war of religion and science. Add to this the multi-layered intrigue and treachery and Angels and Demons becomes one of the most engrossing masala films from current Hollywood.We bet you’ll forget your popcorns too!
Ratings: 2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
Angels & Demons is a better film than The Da Vinci Code of which it is a follow-up. But let’s face it, that’s hardly a great achievement!.Angels & Demons doesn’t make a lot of sense – guns go off in the church, priests fly helicopters, and secret pathways leading in and out of the Vatican can be found at every corner – but it’s these hokiest bits in the film that are in the end the most fun. Alas, there isn’t enough of it!I’m going with two out of five and at best an average rating for director Ron Howard’s Angels & Demons, adapted from the book by Dan Brown. Go in without any expectations and perhaps you’ll be engaged.
Unlike the previous movie that moved as quickly as a snail on vacation, Angels & Demons wastes little time getting from Plot Point A to Plot Point B, and onwards. Effective edits and sharp changes of pace and location are employed to ensure that the audience’s eyes remain glued to the screen throughout the nearly one hundred and forty minutes running time.Setups are efficiently established, puzzles are revealed, chased, solved and new puzzles delivered. Obscure anecdotal history is delivered in pithy dialogue and very little time is wasted setting up the universe for those audience members who aren’t already in the know.Minor quibbles aside, Angels & Demons is a satisfying serving of popcorn cinema. What more can one ask for in these final sweltering days (we hope) of summer?
Despite its predictability however Angels & Demons manages to hold your attention – primarily because of its breakneck speed. The ‘genius and mystery of Christianity’ does unfold before your eyes in some of the most breathtaking indoor shots.Had it not been for the extremely fast pace of the movie, Angels & Demons would have ended up being a big bore. Thankfully, despite the less than satisfactory adaptation of the novel by the same name, the screenwriter packs a lot of action within a span of 138 minutes. If you are one of those who purely want to see how this action unfolds, go for this film. Else you can well wait for it on DVD.
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